The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum

Sugar planter's family

A sugar planter and his family with some of their house servants at Wainikoro, Labasa, in 1913. From 1894 the Colonial Sugar Refinery (CSR) leased estates to private planters. The indentured labour system gave planters and plantation owners an inexhaustable supply of cheap labour with which to make their profits and boost the colony's economy. Once assigned to a planter it was almost impossible for labourers to complain about the conditions they had to endure and many planters and their overseers treated the girmit as slaves.

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